Haller Receives NPSTC Award
Monday, February 24, 2020 | Comments

The National Public Safety Telecommunications Council (NPSTC) governing board selected Ralph Haller as the first recipient of the Harlin R. McEwen award.

This award was created in honor of Harlin McEwen, a founding member of the NPSTC governing board and chair emeritus of the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) Communications Committee. The award recipient must match the commitment and leadership shown by McEwen and be someone of excellent character, have demonstrated an unwavering sense of community over self, have outstanding ethics throughout his/her career, share the same kind of passion about public safety as McEwen, and have advanced nationwide public-safety communications in a highly significant way.

Haller served as a Bureau Chief with the FCC, directing the development of the FCC's Part 90 rules and regulations that remain in effect today. His knowledge of RF engineering principals and the practical ways in which physics impact radio signal behavior is impressive.

Haller continues to demonstrate leadership and help build consensus as the chair of NPSTC. For example, the lack of common names for interoperability frequencies was a challenge for all first responders, and Haller led the effort to gain consensus for a channel naming plan.

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